Braids Make Long-Awaited Return With “Eclipse (Ashley)”

First Taste Of New Album ReleasingNext Year On Secret City Records

Along with the official video, “Eclipse (Ashley)” marks
the trio’s long-awaited return and the first taste of their forthcoming new
album releasing next year on Secret
City Records
. Dedicated to the singer’s best friend, it’s a
song that sinks deep into a feeling of reverie for nature, the love found in
friendship, and the vital essence of personal reflection.

“Eclipse (Ashley)” HERE.

Stream or
purchase the track HERE.

“‘Eclipse (Ashley)’ is a love song made for my best friend
Ashley Obscura,” stated singer Raphaelle
. “During the car ride to go and view the
total solar eclipse, we were fretting about not having glasses to stare at the
sun, you know, those funny ones that look like you’re sitting down to watch a
3D movie. Amongst the chatter Ashley said ‘we should take this opportunity to
think about what eclipses us in our lives.’ BAM. REFOCUS. We all took this
sentiment with us as we sat on the side of the quarry, as the moon came to hug
the sun. We sat in silence perched amongst the tall grass, the wildflowers, the
rocks and glistening water, closed eyes, reflecting. Returning to the studio,
the song poured out of us in one shot.”

The definition of an eclipse is “the total or partial obscuring of one celestial body by another.” With effortless beauty, Braids have crafted a balm to combat the dark forces that cross us. To overcome the fears that plague us, the planets eclipsing our planetary bodies, the patterns that bind us, the anxiety that grips us, the heartbreak that breaks us. The balm is the perfect antidote to such darkness and chaos: that of hope, pleasure and, above all, always love.

Braids is comprised of Standell-Preston, Austin Tufts, and Taylor Smith. Formed in 2007 in Alberta, they have solidified a decade-long reputation for their musical ingenuity and established themselves as one of Canada’s most acclaimed art rock bands, garnering two Polaris Prize shortlists and winning the 2016 Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year. With Standell-Preston’s vocals as the pillar of their sound, Braids weave organic and electronic elements together amidst a lyrical landscape that is intimate, explosive, and emotionally-immersive. Their albums have earned praise from Pitchfork, NPR, New York Times, T MagazineNME, and The Guardian among many others. They have supported or toured with artists such as Toro Y Moi, The Antlers, Wye Oak, Purity Ring, and Friendly Fires along with festival appearances around the world including Glastonbury, Primavera, Osheaga, Hopscotch, and SXSW.

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